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The Wartime Memories Project - The Great War - Day by Day

4th April 1916

On this day:

  • 4th Apr 1916 Relief Completed

  • 2nd Royal Fusiliers march to Beauval   The 2nd Royal Fusilers left Coulon Villiers and marched to Beauval, then to Englebelmer.

  • A Lot of Ammunition   6th County of London Brigade RFA at Carency report the 15th London Battery used a lot of ammunition today as arranged with infantry. It is reported that whenever we shell the Pimple, the Germans retaliate on Souchez. The light was again bad for observation. At about 1900 and 2000, the 16th Battery shelled the cross road next to Givenchy. Souchez was heavily shelled in the afternoon with 4.2 and 5.9 inch guns. At headquarters, the CORPS Commander (General Wilson) gave a lecture to officers.

    War Diaries

  • 4th April 1916 

  • 70th Infrantry Brigade prepare for battle   On the 4th April 1916, in preparation for the coming battle, the 8th Division moved up to the Le Boisselle-Thiepval sector, the 8th Battalion York & Lancaster occupying trenches to the left of the sector in front of Authuile Wood, periodically withdrawing to reserve at Albert. The ground occupied by the 8th Division was the most difficult of the whole front, no-manís land being exceptionally wide and the attack of the 70th Brigade would have to be made beneath the southern spur of the Thiepval salient which was commanded in enfilade by the Germans.

  • Q Class Zeppelin   Zeppelin LZ67 (LZ97)

    • Production Ref: LZ67
    • Class type : Q
    • Tactical ref: LZ97
    • Usage: Military
    • First Flight: 4th April 1916


    Completed 4 attacks on London (twice), Boulogne and, later, Bucharest, dropping a total of 5,760 kilograms (12,700 lb) of bombs, plus several unsuccessful flights due to bad weather. Decommissioned on the 5th July 1917.

    John Doran

  • 4th April 1916 inspections and training

  • 4th Apr 1916 Some Exitement

  • 4th Apr 1916 A Spartan Camp

  •    18th DLI marched from Beaussart to Bus Les Artois.

    The National Archives Reference WO95/2361/1

  • 4th Apr 1916 Brigadier's Address

  • 4th Apr 1916 Mines Blown

  • 4th of April 1916 Companies Relieved

  • 4th April 1916 Steel helmet orders

  • 4th April 1916 

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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Lt. Eric Edge Beatty. Connaught Rangers 6th Btn Read their Story.
  • Spr. Malcolm Charles Cockburn. Royal Engineers 90th Field Coy. Read their Story.

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